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My turn: Putting the heat on state and federal leaders to step up GenX investigation

Community leaders are putting the heat on the state and the feds to step it up in this investigation into the contaminated water in our region.  (Source: Pixabay) Community leaders are putting the heat on the state and the feds to step it up in this investigation into the contaminated water in our region.  (Source: Pixabay)

Community leaders are putting the heat on the state and the feds to step it up in this investigation into the contaminated water in our region.  There’s not enough urgency and there needs to be.  That’s why these people are in office.  They make the hard decisions and then have to hold people accountable. 

This is not about sending out a news release.  We need to see our leaders from Raleigh and even Washington, D.C. working this issue to get some answers. 

You can expect while these investigations go on, differences are going to surface and tensions may increase.  Our local leaders at the county and city level are getting frustrated.  And they should be.  We need to hear from Governor Roy Cooper.  And as they pointed out this week, we need to hear from Attorney

General Josh Stein too.  It’s time for these guys to represent this part of the state too. 

That’s my turn. Now it’s your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com

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Emailed comments from viewers:

I don't really thinks it's fair to put the pressure on The Governor Roy Cooper or Stein. This problem took place before they took office. One again it to place while the former Governor was in office. Everyone deservesca answer but I don't feel the pressure should come down the Governor.

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You are spot on. In crisis, the nirmal methods and means just don't work in a timely and cinnnected way. In fact organizations and process often sliw down with uncertainty amd risk aversion. The only only answer is engaged visible leadership. Where are you Govenor Cooper?

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So it's been 41 days since the public was notified about the contamination of our water supply. Public outcry , and finally political action is starting to make a difference. There are few main points that seem to be missed .  How can of drinking water can be purified to remove these chemicals and when ?  What is the public supposed to do in the interim .

 Since it's almost impossible to avoid consumption- since the water from the cape fear is used in the crops that are grown , livestock , meal preparation cooking and cleaning in every home and restaurant . Drinking bottled water is not even a short term solution. Complete removal of any and all contamination is the only reasonable response from our elected officials . 

As for the testing of affects , this could take years and for most of us - I'm afraid the damage is done . So all we can do is safeguard of future at any and all costs . 

Time is of the essence! 

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My two cents - I believe that politics on the national level, which in my opinion are at an all time low, have negatively influenced local politics.  The divide that is obvious in Washington has had an impact on our local leaders and it seems both parties are jockeying for position, not for the good of the country, but for the good of the party and of their jobs.  If all government officials do not put the welfare of their constituencies above party politics, we will not survive as a nation.  It has happened in other nations and it can happen here.,  This is the first time in my 72 years that I fear for my democracy.  I believe that we should all rally for a strengthened EPA that has some teeth; I believe in strong government regulation when it comes to the environment and it is incumbent upon public officials, in their power, to  stop allowing our communities to be threatened by the greed of Corporate America.  I and many of the people with whom I communicate, regardless of party, are sick and tired of being “subjects” of our politicians, many of whom have benefitted financially because of corporate lobby practices.  Politicians used to be referred to as  “public servants”, but that title seems to have lost its meaning.

In Western Europe (and I am very familiar with many of the Western European countries’ policies), environmental regulations are stronger and Corporate Europe has to prove that it is not endangering its citizenry when something like Gen-X occurs; guilty until proven innocent is the trend there. The protection of the environment by strict government regulation, especially in today’s “advanced” society, is a hallmark of a civilized nation.  Are we that?  I am beginning to think we are failing this test.

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